This has been on my mind for as long as I can remember. I think about it with panic in my chest.All you ladies, especially those of you whose weddings I had to leave town for, particularly traditional marriages in the thick of villages that do not appear on the Nigerian map, when my turn comes I will not hear "my baby isn't feeling too well", "my husband said I can't travel now", "I can't travel and leave the children", "I can't travel with the children", "I can't come, let me send you money" (the money will still be welcome sha), "I was planning to come but baby just started stooling" etc. I will not hear it o!!!
I'm already seeing how all y'all whose weddings we travelled to attend are not attending the weddings of those who risked all and shunned all and gave all to attend your traditional marriages. Yes YOU(s).
Yes, that's what this post is about; my traditional wedding and those in attendance. Yes, it does bother me that with all my friends married, save a few, very few, who might pre-wed me, I worry that I'd have no friend to attend my igba-nkwu. I worry that I will have to do my first dance alone and not with numerous damsels dancing ahead of me, ushering me in, I worry that I would have to beg some distant relatives who I barely speak to to do the things that my friends would have otherwise done and I worry that on that day people will say "ahn ahn, she has no friends?", AND I worry the most that seeing as these friends are absent and I'd have to get virtual strangers to be my friends for the day, these non-friends will cart away half or more of the more I'm sprayed while dancing my egwu-Owerri.
Yes, I have so many worries. Strangely, these worries outweigh the worry of finding (or being found by?) an actual husband... Priorities Nwando, priorities.
So all y'all Osayi, Yoko, Chocolate, Adaobi, Ngozi, Oge, Ella and the others whose traditional marriages I went to remote villages devoid of gsm network and Cold Stone outlets to attend, I will not hear any story when the time comes.
Let it be known, let it be put on record that I said this.